Kelly Russell


EOS-South 253
(778) 995-7710
Accepting students

My interests are in volcanology and igneous petrology as related to the formation, transport and eruption of magma. 


  • Ph.D. University of Calgary 1984 (Jim Nicholls)
  • M.Sc. University of Calgary 1980 (Ed Ghent)
  • B.Sc. University of Manitoba 1976 (Honours Earth Science)
  • 2023  Alexander von Humboldt Research Award
  • 2016  Fellow of Mineralogical Society of America
  • 2013  NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award (DAS) (2013-2016)
  • 2010  Career Achievement Medal, Volcanology, Geological Assocation Canada
  • 2008  Peacock Medallist (Past-President’s) Mineralogical Association Canada

Graduate Students

MSc Geological Sciences
MSc Geological Sciences


Borch  A, Russell JK & Barendregt, RW 2023. Cheakamus Basalt Lavas, B.C.: A Pleistocene record of rapid, continuous eruption within a mountainous drainage system. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences

Russell JK & Jones, TJ 2023. Transport and eruption of mantle xenoliths creates a lagging problem. Communications Earth & Environment 4 (1), 177

Harris MA, Russell JK, Wilson A & Jicha, B 2023. A 500 ka record of volcanism and paleoenvironment in the northern Garibaldi Volcanic Belt, British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 60 (4), 401-421


Canil D & Russell JK 2022. Xenoliths reveal a hot Moho and thin lithosphere at the Cordillera-craton boundary of western Canada. Geology 50 (10), 1135-1139

Russell JK, Hess KU & Dingwell, DB 2022. Models for viscosity of geological melts. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry 87 (1), 841-885


Li M, Russell JK & Giordano, D (2021) Temperature-pressure-composition model for melt viscosity in the Di-An-Ab system. Chemical Geology 560, 1198951


Wilson AM & Russell JK (2020) Glacial pumping of a magma-charged lithosphere: a model for glaciovolcanic causality in magmatic arcs. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 548, 1165002


Russell JK, Kavanagh JL & Sparks RSJ 2019. Kimberlite volcanology: Transport, ascent and eruption. Elements 15, 405-410.

Wilson AM, Russell JK, & Ward BC 2019. Paleo-glacier reconstruction in southwestern British Columbia, Canada: A glaciovolcanic model. Quaternary Science Reviews 218, 178-188.


Ryan AG, Friedlander EA, Russell JK, Heap MJ, & Kennedy LA 2018. Hot pressing in conduit faults during lava dome extrusion: Insights from Mount St. Helens 2004–2008. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 482, 171-180

Russell JK & Giordano D 2017. Modelling configurational entropy of silicate melts. Chemical Geology. 461:140-151.

Ryan AG, Russell JK, Nichols ARL, Hess K-U, Porritt L. 2015. Experiments and models on H2O retrograde solubility in volcanic systems. American Mineralogist 100, 774-786.

Russell JK, Edwards B.R, Porritt L, Ryane C.. 2014. Tuyas: a descriptive genetic classification. Quaternary Science Reviews. 87:70-81.

Campbell ME, Russell JK, Porritt L. 2013. Thermomechanical milling of accessory lithics in volcanic conduits. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 377:276-286.

Russell JK, Porritt L, Lavallee Y, Dingwell DB. 2012. Kimberlite ascent by assimilation-fuelled buoyancy. Nature. 481:352–356.

Giordano D, Russell JK, Dingwell DB. 2008. Viscosity of magmatic liquids: a model. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 271:123–134.